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Last working round barn in Vermont burns down

IRASBURG — The round barn at the Robillard Flats Dairy Farm, located on Route 58 in Irasburg, was destroyed by fire this afternoon. The fire broke out at around 1:30 p.m. There were no reported injuries, however, some animals are believed to have been lost in the fire. The barn was the last working round… Keep Reading

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Standoff in Holland ends in self-inflicted gunshot wound

HOLLAND — A 63-year-old Holland man was injured in an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound today. Police say they responded to 928 Valley Road for a welfare check on Dennis Belanger, 63, of Holland, after he had not contacted anyone in several days. When they arrived, police say they made contact with Belanger who was threatening… Keep Reading

Claudio Fort

Op-Ed | Claudio Fort, CEO of North Country Hospital

At North Country Hospital in Newport, improving the health of our community is our greatest responsibility. Every aspect of running this hospital – from budgeting, to planning for improvements, to deciding what services we can or should offer – is in service of helping the people of our region get and stay healthy. Each year… Keep Reading

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Local Senior Companions honored for their work

NEWPORT – The NEK Council on Aging recently celebrated the accomplishments of 15 local “Senior Companions,” who help elderly residents live at home with as much autonomy as possible and for as long as possible. Last year, 51 appreciative men and women throughout the Northeast Kingdom received 12,880 hours of undivided attention by these Senior… Keep Reading

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Newport resident charged with slashing man with a knife

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department arrested a man over the weekend after they say he attacked another man with a knife. Marc Gero, 49, of Newport, has been charged with aggravated assault with a weapon following the incident. On Sunday, at around 5:45 p.m., police were called to Eastern Avenue in Newport for a… Keep Reading

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Dental center coming to Orleans in December

ORLEANS — Northern Counties Health Care recently announced the expansion of their dental program in collaborative partnership with North Country Hospital and the Village of Orleans. Once operational, the new Orleans Dental Center will employ a dentist, hygienist, dental assistant, receptionist and office supervisor. The practice will have two Operatories and two hygiene rooms, and… Keep Reading


Connie Knaggs receives CNB’s Community Service Award

DERBY — When faced with a large issue or an emergency situation Connie Knaggs often says, “We’ll figure it out.” And, she usually does. Community National Bank Chief Executive Officer Stephen Marsh presented Knaggs with the bank’s Community Service Award. The award was developed to recognize the “unsung heroes” that make our communities better places… Keep Reading

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Death at Crystal Lake in Barton

BARTON — A 41-year-old man from New York died while swimming at Crystal Lake in Barton on Thursday. At around 7:15 p.m. the Vermont State Police received a call regarding a possible death as a result of a drowning at Crystal Lake. Police say that Seth Parent, 41 of New Windsor, New York, died while… Keep Reading

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North Country Hospital sonographer earns pediatric sonography specialty

NEWPORT — North Country Hospital now has a certified Pediatric Ultrasound technologist on staff. North Country Hospital Ultrasound Technologist, Bonnie Castonguay has earned a Pediatric Sonography specialty certification from the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS). The ARDMS is the governing organization for Ultrasound Imaging in the United States and represents the highest standards… Keep Reading

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Oxen to move Brownington School House

BROWNINGTON — On Monday morning, August 8, 20 teams of oxen will be hitched to the 30 by 40 foot two-story building that served as the first secondary school in Orleans County, to help pull it back up the road 1/3 mile to the site where it was built in 1823. Spectators are welcome to… Keep Reading

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Newport Car Wash and Mini Mart burglarized

NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department is investigating a break-in and burglary that occurred early Tuesday morning at Newport Car Wash and Mini Mart. Newport Police responded at 6 a.m. to the building, located at 376 Clyde Street, for a reported burglary. When officers arrived they noticed that a window had been broken to gain… Keep Reading

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Gardner Park benefits from casual dress at Community National Bank

NEWPORT — Mariah Goodell, a teller at Community National Bank in Derby, presented Newport Park Recreation Department Director Andrew Cappello, and Gardner Park Restoration Committee member Jenn Smith, with a donation of $500.00 on behalf of the bank’s Derby office employees. Bank employees dress casually on Fridays as part of their “Casual for a Cause”… Keep Reading

Photo courtesy of Lt. Governor Phil Scott's office.

Bridge in Derby renamed to honor former senator Kermit Smith

DERBY – The Northeast Kingdom community revealed a well-kept secret on Tuesday by renaming Derby’s Clyde River Bridge in honor of former Vermont State Representative, Senator, and State House Sergeant-At-Arms, Kermit Smith. Despite legislative action and rigorous planning, Smith’s former constituents managed to keep him in the dark about the honor. Sen. Bobby Starr, Sen.… Keep Reading

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Local dairy family buys former Perry Farm in Brownington

BROWNINGTON — After years of leasing land in the Northeast Kingdom while establishing an organic dairy operation, Adam and Heather Moulton bought a farm of their own through the Vermont Land Trust’s Farmland Access Program. The couple has strong roots in the region, with Heather originally from Derby and Adam from East Charleston. For years,… Keep Reading

Emily Klar talks about her goal to attend UVM Summer Academy with Claudio Fort, President & CEO of North Country Hospital.

Irasburg student attending UVM summer academy thanks to North Country Hospital donor

IRASBURG — Emily Klar of Irasburg is off to an intense summer academy at the University of Vermont this month, thanks to a North Country Hospital scholarship. This innovative program for students who have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade offers an academically challenging program through active learning in labs, lectures, demonstrations and hospital visits.… Keep Reading

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